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J Cheminform. 2013 Aug 16;5(1):39. doi: 10.1186/1758-2946-5-39.

MOLE 2.0: advanced approach for analysis of biomacromolecular channels.

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National Centre for Biomolecular Research, Faculty of Science and CEITEC-Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk University Brno, Kamenice 5, 625 00 Brno-Bohunice, Czech Republic. michal.otyepka@upol.cz.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Channels and pores in biomacromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids and their complexes) play significant biological roles, e.g., in molecular recognition and enzyme substrate specificity.

RESULTS:

We present an advanced software tool entitled MOLE 2.0, which has been designed to analyze molecular channels and pores. Benchmark tests against other available software tools showed that MOLE 2.0 is by comparison quicker, more robust and more versatile. As a new feature, MOLE 2.0 estimates physicochemical properties of the identified channels, i.e., hydropathy, hydrophobicity, polarity, charge, and mutability. We also assessed the variability in physicochemical properties of eighty X-ray structures of two members of the cytochrome P450 superfamily.

CONCLUSION:

Estimated physicochemical properties of the identified channels in the selected biomacromolecules corresponded well with the known functions of the respective channels. Thus, the predicted physicochemical properties may provide useful information about the potential functions of identified channels. The MOLE 2.0 software is available at http://mole.chemi.muni.cz.

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